August 09, 2010
Because What Ails Your Child...Ails You
I didn't think it could get any worse. And then I got married. I worry when my husband has a test at school or has to teach a lesson. I feel bad when I know he is tired and I don't sleep when I know he is stressed. I even worry that he gets lunch during the day. Ridiculous, especially because he is a very competent and intelligent adult. (This is just the beginning of what I worry about. I am just too embarrassed to admit to any more.)
I didn't think it could get any worse, and then we had kids.
Now my problem is at an all time high. I hurt when our kids hurt, whether I can control the situation or not.
For the last year I have experienced extra sympathy stress and pain for our youngest daughter. When she was about a year old she started to scratch her legs. Before we knew it, she was scratching so much that her legs would bleed. They were a mess. Something was wrong. I put lotion on her every day after her bath. I changed soaps. I changed laundry detergents. Nothing I did made a difference. I worried non stop about the pain she was in.
We scheduled an appointment with the doctor who diagnosed Eczema. Eczema is a skin condition that involves scaly and itchy rashes. It is very common in young children and usually goes away by the time toddlers are 3 or so. Some times it is chronic and never goes away. We hope that is not the case with our little girl.
I felt helpless. I couldn't take the itch away. I couldn't stop the bleeding. Sometimes she would get to her legs while she was sleeping and wake up in bad shape.
Our doctor gave us a prescription for a topical steroid cream that he said "would take care of it." We filled the prescription and got started, hoping for relief.
Just like the doctor said, the itch went away and so did the dry skin. Unfortunately it lightened the color of her skin. There was a noticeable difference between where we were applying the cream, and where we weren't. My worrying didn't stop, it just changed focus. Instead of laying in bed at night, worrying about the itch and the bleeding because of the scratching, now I was worried about the the loss of pigmentation in our daughters legs. It was the lesser of two evils but even when we stopped with the cream, her legs just kept getting lighter where they had been treated.
My husband and I, and my parents, started looking for any type of solution we could find. We tried special lotions and potions, we changed her diet, eliminated certain foods, we ordered creams and ointments. No. Luck.
Then a break through. My husband visited his millionth health food store. A new one that just opened next to our local grocery store. He was greeted by a very talkative woman who promised a solution.
He came home that day with two bottles. Essential Oils. Lavender and Melaleuca.
3 drops of each oil on the bottoms of her feet once a day.
10 drops of each oil on her legs everyday.
It only took about 5 days and not only did we see a difference, but we saw a cure. Within 3 weeks the eczema was gone and the pigmentation in her legs was back to normal.
No more bleeding legs and both of us sleep much better at night.
Given that eczema affects a huge percentage of small children, and most of you have small children, I share the solution with you so that you don't have to worry any more either. Give it a shot, it won't disappoint.
Here's to one less thing to worry about. Cheers!
DO YOU WORRY ABOUT THINGS YOU CAN'T CONTROL?
DO YOUR KIDS HAVE ECZEMA?